Generation Like? …

An interesting happening at University finally came to my life!!
I know you surely experienced boring days and lesson where you just wanted to jump out of the window because it would be more entertaining than that mess in front of you. Well, I was at the Media class and we watched a interesting movie called Generation Like and it was about social media, likes and stuff like that and after watching it we were supposed to write an essay about it. Hell yeah, finally something interesting!

My opinion? Here it is:

By the way- here’s the link to it:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/ – if you’re interested.

„It’s all about likes.“

Try to be completely honest with yourself- if you posted some picture, whether it was a selfie or a picture of something that you like, you really wanted some feedback in a form of likes or even a comment. The perfect example of this was the “scene“  in the film where ordinary kids are talking about this particular topic – people want to be liked. Even though they might be claiming the exact opposite- they do. The thing is, people are putting out a piece of themselves into the wilderness of the Internet, with a little hope in their little heart, that yes, this is the content that is interesting and might interest other people as well. Those things define them and they want to show the society who they really are.

Then, there is the social currency. I mean, the more likes you get, the better you feel. To confess my sins, I was really into this “checking up on likes every single minute“  kind of thing, in the past. I’d lie if I say that I am 100% free of this, for some people, nonsense, today- but let’s face it, I am older now, having my own issues and things I am dealing with and well, I don’t care that much as I did.

We are giving and the Internet is accepting. We can call it as a social circle. All the content we post is something that will stay there forever. You may delete it but social media will still keep it (a red flag?). Sometimes, people are not even realizing what are they really posting, but once they hit „send“ button, it’s up there and they are no longer the only „owner“ of your word.

This digital revolution makes people think- what can I do to entertain people that much, they will be willing to hit the “like“ or “follow“ button?
I think that majority of teens nowadays all over the world are thinking about this right now, not knowing that all the other people are dealing with the same thing.

„How to outrun others?“
„How to come up with something that haven’t been here before?“
↓(And last, but not least) ↓
„How to be the best?“

Maybe those questions are the exact ones that are flying from side to side in a mind of a regular teen of nowadays. But yes, i tis still pretty individual – there are people, who do post, but don’t care about likes at all. I tis not their job to watch it, they are just having fun, creating, let’s just say  “ memory timeline“ , to keep the pictures they took alive for them and for the wider audience.

The process of technology is increasing from one day to another and we don’t even realize how much it changed our life and honestly, it still does. Chatting, liking, sharing following…everything makes us who we are.
The film really made me dig deeper, even though I was dealing with a similar topic at my personal blog, not such a long time ago.

The more interesting thing about the film was that the creators included ordinary children  and let them say what they think, how they feel about it all, not just some sore facts that would bore you to death.
It is still important not to forget who we are and how it was before the “social mess” even started. There are still people out there, not just chat bars where we talk on and on and on about things that we can chat outside, face to face rather than having for example an “emoji conversation”. But yes, it will never be how it was. Technology will not let you forget how it is now and won’t let you stop using your thumbs till you die.

People will always want to be liked, always will be hungry for attention and always will want to surprise you with something new.

At first I thought the film will also be about social bullying or even catfishing or maybe also about the (more)  negative site of social media, but at the end of the movie I realized that this really wasn’t the right time and a right place for it. There are so many other films that are dealing with that.
Well as a matter of fact, nowadays, you can do anything. You can bully other people or on the other side you can help them if they are in need. You can be truthful to people and (for example like their “stuff” in a truthful not in a fake way- if we want to be “in the topic”) or you can lie to everybody on social media like you never did before. You are picking sides at the very beginning.

But the most interesting thing is that you will never be able to mislead the truth.
Ask yourself.
I hope you know.

N.

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Investigation time: What was normal before today’s life was flushed down the social toilet?

The thing I am seeing every single day will always eat my mind…but again…

..today, when I was busting my ass in gym, I looked around me for a second or two, when I had a break, a lot of people were staring to their phones, even people in the mall, behind the see-through gym walls, were walking and staring into their phones instead of their eyes.

I am guilty of it sometimes as well, but for some time by now, I am trying to reduce my time on phone or staring to some social media or whatever. Sadly, as a young person- still struggling with it.
You know, as a blogger/writer I can say, that social media are something really important for us. It’s our “natural environment”…well sometimes I tend to think- unfortunately. This century requires technology more and more every single day. Among other things, Youtubers are having a job, photographers are having a job (as well as on other spheres), artists, singers, producers, …and I can go on and on. Honestly,Internet just took over the power over our lives.

But do you remember the times when we weren’t addicted to the social media and Internet, when we had time to look around us, when we accidentally didn’t trip on the stairs because we were staring into our phones? Do you remember when those times were enough?

When we met our friends in town, had such a great time and it was freaking enough? Those times when we were just together, celebrated friendship in the best way possible with couple beers and that mattered the most? We didn’t really need a photographical proof of the hour or two we spent in some random bar.

Do you even remember when conversation was enough? Imagine someone sitting in the bar, being actually outside with friend or two and the person is staring into the phone because there is a freaking urgency to text other 5 friends about something…Those people are not even sitting in front of you and you are giving them even more attention than to people who are actually staring at you with a question mark in their eyes. They came to see you, appreciate it a little.

Oh, it was such a nice time when a simple enjoying of the moment ( The Heat of the Moment ) was enough. When we simply sat outside, in the nature or in some park and didn’t feel the necessity to take a picture of everything (because we didn’t really have phones back the, duh!), Snap everything, record everything, edit it all, add two or three filters for it, crop, and post post post post till our thumbs won’t be all red and all of the people will see the wonderful moment that you just went through without you even noticing. Tell ’em.

I am so disappointed that not even a silence is good enough nowadays. I am a very big fan of silence from time to time. Most of the times, when I am in nature, I guess. That one fills me with joy, right away. But today? The silence is filled up with beeping phones because some new notification is here and ready to be opened and poor silence is just left out from the program for being too loud now. Well well well…

Then switching point to more verbal things to be- the times when  “thank you” was enough. When we didn’t really have to post it on social media to see all the comments because we need to show other 54265 people that we are graceful for something that maybe was supposed to stay in our minds hidden in front of the world? Just maybe? So inspiring *sarcastic clapping sound*

And then…do you still remember when a simple sentence “I like you” was still enough to make your day (or make your whole week maybe?)? Now, all the strangers going through our pictures, scrolling and scrolling and srolliiing…giving the “thumbs up of appreciation” and they don’t even know what we are like. “Hmmm”.

My personal final lap in this one- those times when a simple “I want you” just melted your heart and you couldn’t stand on your feet because suddenly they were weak af? Enough? Ahh hell, we didn’t worry abut texting back, filling up the gaps between the messages with worrying about the time between one and another message.
We wanted to be wanted and that counts even now – all the people want to be wanted and we want the particular person want us even more.

Nowadays, people are still waiting for those three little words, they want to hear out loud. But then they realize that it’s nothing- because they actually need to see it, words are suddenly not enough…oh?

Do you fucking remember when “I love you” was enough?!

N.

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